News / Middle East

    Libyan PM Moves to Quash Coup Rumors

    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan gives a press conference on November 10, 2013 in Tripoli. Zeidan warned Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country's current chaos ends, in an appeal Sunday aimed at rallying his campaign a
    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan gives a press conference on November 10, 2013 in Tripoli. Zeidan warned Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country's current chaos ends, in an appeal Sunday aimed at rallying his campaign a
    Edward Yeranian
    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and military officials spoke out Friday to dispel rumors of a possible coup after retired general Khalifa Haftar posted a video statement calling for a “road map” to a new government.
     
    Insisting his government and national assembly remain in control of the country, the prime minister criticized Haftar's "coup-like" comments, in which he calls for Libya's top judge to assume the presidency and an "initiative" to suspend the transitional government and General National Congress (GNC), the country's top political body, followed by a round of elections and a new constitution.
     
    According to Agence France Presse, Haftar led all ground forces in the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi.
     
    The GNC created a flap on February 3 when it prolonged its official mandate amid some popular discontent, also passing a law making it illegal to “publicly insult the legislative, judicial and executive powers in the country.”
     
    At a Friday press conference, Zeidan called Haftar's statement null and void, reassuring the Libyan people that the national assembly remains in place and continues to exercise its prerogatives, and that his government is going about its business normally. The situation in the country, he insists, is under control and all is well.
     
    Libyan Army Chief of Staff Abdel Salem al Obeidi also declared the situation calm, stating that the military had not seized power and that his forces will act to prevent any coup from taking place and will stop anyone going against the principles of the revolution.
     
    "The situation is under control and there is no suspect movement," the army chief of staff's spokesman Colonel Ali al-Shikhi told AFP.
     
    Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told Sky News Arabia that the national assembly bears responsibility for tensions in the country, insisting that “no one in Libya today has the power to force his will on everyone else as in the old days [of deposed leader Moammar Gaddafi].”
     
    It was not immediately clear who may have been behind the retired general's call to oust Libya's current rulers, but one Arab analyst claimed Egypt and Saudi Arabia may be trying to encourage a more stable government in Libya to stanch the flow of arms across North Africa.
     
    Libya is due to mark the third anniversary of the start of the popular revolution that deposed Moammar Gaddafi on Monday.

    You May Like

    US Internet Giants, EU Reach Deal to Combat Online Hate Speech

    Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft commit to ‘quickly and efficiently’ act to clamp down on use of social media to incite violence, terror

    Video Tunisia’s Ennahda Party Begins a New Political Chapter

    Party now moves to separate its political and religious activities; change described by party members as pragmatic response to political and economic challenges facing Tunisia today

    Virtual Reality Fine-tuned at Asia Tech Show

    Microchip designers hope to improve resolution for users of systems that can turn your bedroom into the ocean floor

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: ali baba from: new york
    February 15, 2014 5:47 AM
    it is the best interest of Libya to start a civil war like Syria. .it is fun .the jihadist will arrive from all over the world. the Libyan woman are very beautiful and jihadists will enjoy sexual jihad and all the genus who has degree from Harvard will justify their action for the sake of democracy and freedom fighter. they called Qudaffi is a mad man . what about the other Libyan who attacked American embassy .perhaps they devoted to Islam and we can not talk about our radical Islam . This is politically incorrect. our best friend in Saudi and Arab rich countries are playing multiple standard .but we can not hurt their feeling .

    by: Anonymous
    February 14, 2014 6:46 PM
    People! Stay Active! WE really need you HELP! We are Ukrainian People who struggle for freedom and liberty about 3 months!

    Against SELFISH AND Greedy Dictate GOVERMENT!

    We need Food and Warm Clothes!

    Help us! Our power going low!

    1 donate is more important then 1000 words, blogs or topics. JUST DO IT!
    http://savemaidan.org/

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conferencei
    X
    Serginho Roosblad
    May 30, 2016 5:11 PM
    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video Tech Startups Showcase Wares at Amsterdam Conference

    More than 20,000 tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and lovers of digital technology came together in Amsterdam recently at the Next Web Conference to discuss the latest developments in digital technology, look to the future and, of course, to connect. In recent years, there has been an explosion of so-called startup businesses that have created devices and applications that have changed the way we live; but, as Serginho Roosblad reports for VOA, there are pitfalls for such startups as well.
    Video

    Video US Military's Fallen Honored With Flags

    Memorial Day is a long weekend for most Americans. For some, it is the unofficial start of summer -- local swimming pools open and outdoor grilling season begins. But Memorial Day remains true to its origins -- a day to remember the U.S. military's fallen.
    Video

    Video Rolling Thunder Rolls Into Washington

    The Rolling Thunder caravan of motorcycles rolled into Washington Sunday, to support the U.S. military on the country's Memorial Day weekend
    Video

    Video A New Reading Program Pairs Kids with Dogs

    Dogs, it is said, are man's best friend. What some researchers have discovered is that they can also be a friend to a struggling reader. A group called Intermountain Therapy Animals trains dogs to help all kinds of kids with reading problems — from those with special needs to those for whom English is a second language. Faiza Elmasry has more on the New York chapter of R.E.A.D., or Reading Education Assistance Dogs, in this piece narrated by Faith Lapidus.
    Video

    Video Fan Base Grows for Fictional Wyoming Sheriff Longmire

    Around the world, the most enduring symbol of the U.S. is that of the cowboy. A very small percentage of Americans live in Western rural areas, and fewer still are cowboys. But the fascination with the American West is kept alive by such cultural offerings as “Longmire,” a series of books and TV episodes about a fictional Wyoming sheriff. VOA’s Greg Flakus recently spoke with Longmire’s creator, Craig Johnson, and filed this report from Houston.
    Video

    Video Chinese-Americans Heart Trump, Bucking National Trend

    A new study conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows there are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian-American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. But one group, called Chinese-Americans For Trump, is going against the tide and strongly supports the business tycoon. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee caught up with them at a Trump rally and reports from Anaheim, California.
    Video

    Video Reactions to Trump's Success Polarized Abroad

    What seemed impossible less than a year ago is now almost a certainty. New York real estate mogul Donald Trump has won the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination. The prospect has sparked as much controversy abroad as it has in the United States. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Drawings by Children in Hiroshima Show Hope and Peace

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first American president to do so while in office. In August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city to force Japan's surrender in World War II. Although their city lay in ruins, some Hiroshima schoolchildren drew pictures of hope and peace. The former students and their drawings are now part of a documentary called “Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard.” VOA's Deborah Block has the story.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese Rapper Performs for Obama

    A prominent young Vietnamese artist told President Obama said she faced roadblocks as a woman rapper, and asked the president about government support for the arts. He asked her to rap, and he even offered to provide a base beat for her. Watch what happened.
    Video

    Video Roots Run Deep for Tunisia's Dwindling Jewish Community

    This week, hundreds of Jewish pilgrims are defying terrorist threats to celebrate an ancient religious festival on the Tunisian island of Djerba. The festivities cast a spotlight on North Africa's once-vibrant Jewish population that has all but died out in recent decades. Despite rising threats of militant Islam and the country's battered economy, one of the Arab world's last Jewish communities is staying put and nurturing a new generation. VOA’s Lisa Bryant reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora